Cruz: ‘In Effect, They Are Counterfeiting Immigration Papers’

By Rudy Takala | January 29, 2015 | 4:42pm EST

Sen. Ted Cruz (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

( - Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said Thursday that contrary to what attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch said in her confirmation hearing on Wednesday that illegal aliens do not have a right to work in the United States and that by printing work authorizations for them the Obama administration is effectively “counterfeiting immigration papers.”

CNSNews asked asked Cruz: Do you believe illegal aliens should have a right to work in the United States as Loretta Lynch told Senator Sessions?

Cruz responded: Federal law is unequivocal. Those who are present in this country illegally are barred from working. The Obama administration is printing up work authorizations directly contrary to federal law. In effect, they are counterfeiting immigration papers, because the plain text of federal law makes it illegal for those who have entered this country illegally to obtain employment.

CNSNews asked: So you would say no?

Cruz: No.

When asked by Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) on Wednesday who had the greater right to work in the country--illegal immigrants or legal permanent residents and citizens--Loretta Lynch said: “Senator, I believe the right and the obligation to work is one that is shared by everyone in this country, regardless of how they came here.”

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